By G. I. Gurdjieff
With Beelzebub's stories to His Grandson, G. I. Gurdjieff meant to "destroy, mercilessly . . . the ideals and perspectives approximately every little thing present within the world." This novel fantastically brings to existence the visions of humanity for which Gurdjieff has turn into esteemed. Beelzebub, a guy of worldly (and other-worldly) knowledge, stocks together with his grandson the anecdotes, own philosophies, and classes realized from his personal life.The reader is given a close dialogue of all concerns actual, ordinary, and religious, from the production of the cosmos to man's teleological function within the universe. This variation of Beelzebub's stories to His Grandson--the first single-volume paperback to seem in English--restores the unique, authoritative translation.
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Beelzebub is, as the saying goes, of "a different clay," yet-as I learned long ago from the treatise of the famous Catholic monk, Brother Foolon-he has a curly tail; so I-being thoroughly convinced from experience that curls are never natural but can be obtained only by various intentional manipulations-have to conclude, according to the "sane logic" formed in my consciousness from reading books on chiromancy, that Mr. Beelzebub must also have a good share of vanity, and will therefore find it extremely awkward not to help someone who is going to advertise his name.
I think I might as well tell you about an idea that has only just arisen in my madcap brain, which is specially to request the printer to whom I shall entrust my first book to print this initial chapter of my writings in such a way that anybody can read it without cutting the pages of the book itself; whereupon, on learning that it is not written in the usual manner, that is, to help produce in the mind of the reader, very smoothly and easily, exciting images and lulling reveries, he may ifhe wishes, without wasting words with the bookseller, return it and get his money back, money perhaps earned by the sweat of his brow.
This population, so foreign to that planet, accommodated itselflittle by little to its new dwelling place; and to shorten the long years ofexile, many of them found some occupation or other, either on Mars or on neighboring planets that had been almost entirely neglected because of their remoteness from the Center and the poverty of all their formations. As the years rolled by, many of these exiles, either on their own initiative or in response to needs of a general character, gradually migrated from Mars to other planets; but Beelzebub himself with his close attendants remained on the planet Mars, where he organized his existence more or less tolerably.
Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson: All And Everything: 1st Series by G. I. Gurdjieff